Pokémon Go’s season 2 faced a slight delay but it is back on track to launch soon. The season was scheduled to start from May 1 but developer Niantic delayed it due to some technical issues which were discovered shortly before the release date. The season is now set to drop on May 11.
Rotating Battle Formats
The Pokémon Go battle format will rotate from time to time from May 11 to June 1. Battles will be contested under certain league rules. From June 1, the format will shift to Ultra League, till June 22, followed by Master League which will last till July 6.
Season 2 is coming! Here are some changes you can look forward to.
🥊 Longer league rounds
🥊 Trainer Battles initiated via QR Code.
🥊 Stunfisk and a new avatar pose as rank rewards.
— Pokémon GO (@PokemonGoApp) April 29, 2020
Pokémon Go’s Premier Cup will coincide with the Master League, which is also Go Battle’s first-ever of its kind. Similar to Master League, there are no CP limits to the Cup. However, Legendary and Mythical Pokémon will not be used. After July 6, all leagues and the cup will be live, and end with Season 2 on July 13.
What’s New Coming to Pokemon Go this Season?
There are a few elements which will remain the same in Season 2. However, the walking requirement has been removed – which means that you will still have a chance to catch Metagross and Pikachu Libre, only by exclusively through the mode as reward encounters, upon reaching Rank 1 and Rank 10, respectively.
Furthermore, there will be new Go Battle Rewards, including a new Pokémon. Starting at Rank 4, you will encounter Stunfisk, Rufflet at Rank 8, and Scraggy at Rank 9. Trainers will earn a new avatar pose upon hitting Rank 10. Trainers will also earn Elite Fast TM if they close out the season on Rank 7 or higher. Palia, the legendary Pokémon, is now capable of learning the move Aqua Tail.
Niantic is making broader changes to Pokémon Go’s PvP battles as well. Trainers will now be able to initiate battles with other players via QR codes. Furthermore, they will be able to send battle invites to Good and Great Friends. This was previously restricted to Ultra and Best Friends. Finally, a handful of moves and attacks will also be receiving adjustments.
Read more in the official announcement here.